Ronnie Kosloff

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Ronnie Kosloff
Born (1948-07-26) July 26, 1948 (age 68)
Los Angeles
Residence Jerusalem
Nationality Israel, United States
Fields Theoretical chemistry, quantum thermodynamics
Institutions The Hebrew University
Alma mater Hebrew University
Doctoral advisor Refael D. Levine
Other academic advisors Stuart A. Rice
Notable awards Feher Prize for distinguished researchers in science (1995)
Kolthoff Prize(2003)
Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence (2007)
Spouse Yaffa Fridheim Kosloff

Ronnie Kosloff (born July 26, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is a professor of theoretical chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry and Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Education and career[edit]

Ronnie Kosloff grew up in Jerusalem and then moved to Haifa in Israel. He graduated Hebrew Reali School in Haifa in1966. He joined the armoured corpus of the Israel Defence Force. He studied at the Hebrew University from 1969 to 1978 when he obtained his PhD. From 1978-1980 he was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. Ronnie Kosloff joined the Hebrew University faculty at 1981 where he serves as a Sonoborn professor of theoretical chemistry.


Ronnie Kosloff contributed to the theory of quantum molecular dynamics. He developed methods to follow the evolution of a molecular system by solving the time dependent Schrödinger equation. [1][2] Together with David Tannor and Stuart A Rice they originated the pump-dump scheme for coherent control. [3][4] The idea of coherent control was extended to Unitary transformations, a key ingredient in quantum gates. [5] More recent work is on coherent control of binary chemical reactions. [6]

Ronnie Kosloff originated the dynamical study of quantum heat engines. [7] This study is part of the emerging field of quantum thermodynamics.

Honors and awards[edit]

Ronnie Kosloff is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He won the Feher Prize for distinguished researchers in science in 1995. He won the Kolthoff Prize of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2003.[8] He won the Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence in 2007.[9]


  1. ^ D. Kosloff and R. Kosloff, A Fourier Method Solution for the Time Dependent Schrödinger equation as a Tool in Molecular Dynamics, J. Comp. Phys., 52, 35-53 (1983).
  2. ^ H. Tal Ezer and R. Kosloff, An Accurate and Efficient Scheme for Propagating the Time Dependent Schrödinger Equation., J. Chem. Phys., 81, 3967-3970 (1984).
  3. ^ David J. Tannor, Ronnie Kosloff and Stuart Rice, Coherent pulse sequence induced control of selectivity of reactions: Exact quantum mechanical calculations J. Chem. Phys., 85, 5805-5820 (1986).
  4. ^ Ronnie Kosloff, Stuart A. Rice, Pier Gaspard, Sam Tersigni and David Tannor, Wavepacket Dancing: Achieving Chemical Selectivity by Shaping Light Pulses, Chem. Phys., 139, 201-220 (1989).
  5. ^ José P. Palao and Ronnie Kosloff Quantum Computing by an Optimal Control Algorithm for Unitary Transformations Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 188301 (2002).
  6. ^ Liat Levin, Wojciech Skomorowski, Leonid Rybak, Ronnie Kosloff, Christiane P Koch, and Zohar Amitay Coherent control of bond making Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 233003 (2015).
  7. ^ R. Kosloff, A Quantum Mechanical Open System as a Model of a Heat Engine., J. Chem. Phys., 80, 1625-1631 (1984).
  8. ^ Kolthoff Prize
  9. ^ ICS prize

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